Ted is almost 2yrs and suffers from this in both his front legs and had his right elbow operated on last year. They won't do his left as his right leg was the worst our orthopeadic vet had seen in twenty years, they'd rather leave it alone for now.
I was just wondering if any of you have experienced this?
Right now his treatment is metacam, acupuncture once a month, and Hills Joint Care Diet. If he is in severe pain we give him the painkiller tramadol but luckily that's only been on three occasions in the past year. If this doesn't work he will have to have his elbow fused, which I am trying to put off until absolutely necessary. My vets are very supportive and don't want to operate again so soon either.
As for exercise because it was diagnosed at 20wks we have just let him be a puppy around the house and garden and we have a stair gate to stop him going upstairs. But we do monitor his walks and off lead exercise - as to him it is normal and he's a boistrous social lad!
I'd guess I would just like some reassurance, fresh ideas on pain management, and how other people cope with that fine line balance of letting them be dogs and managing the pain?
I don't have any personal experience with it but I know there are several on here that have. I know Jasmine Dream has ED and I think Scotty does too but I haven't seen them on a lot latley.
Good luck I hope you can find a solution.
Maddy had ED at 14 months (she is 6 now). ED comes in several forms, did your vet say which one your dog had? Maddy had FCP. We had bilateral arthroscopy done in both elbows to remove bone fragments. We did this within less than a month of diagnosis and had nearly no cartilage damage in the joint. We have her on supplements of Glucosamine/chondrotin, MSM, and Glycoflex. Too much exercise can make her gimpy, but overall she is fine. We train and compete in AKC and UKC obedience events with jumps and she does just fine.
Ted has OCD (the one that affects cartilage and bone). They removed a lump that was approx 300mm in length 150mm across. He is arthritic and he will get worse.
Even on good days he is slightly unsound. On bad days he looks like he's got two golf balls on his elbows and both feet splay out but he still bounds everywhere. I think the scariest moments have been recent when he's collapsed unable to put on any weight on his front legs, as he goes into a pain spasm. The vet thinks its caused by a nerve being trapped but we are just on watch now to see if he has more frequent repeats as this means further tests.
He does obedience training and loves it, he gets regular short walks and is not allowed to go much over 36kgs in weight. My mum's garden is bigger than mine so when he's bad he lets of steam there as we don't have to worry about unknown dogs coming over to play as the temptation to be boisterous is too much for Ted.